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National Summary


Remaining rain affecting southern and eastern counties will clear southeastwards into the Irish Sea this evening. Largely dry elsewhere with clear spells and just a few light showers. Winds mostly moderate westerly or southwesterly, but occasionally fresh and gusty.


Mainly dry early tonight but rain will have developed widely across the western half of the country by the end of the night. Lowest temperatures of 3 to 6 degrees. Southwesterly winds will strengthen again overnight, becoming strong or near gale for a time along Atlantic coasts.


Becoming wet everywhere on Sunday morning with the rain gradually turning to showers in the afternoon. South to southwest winds will be moderate to fresh, but strong to near gale about Munster and south Leinster, with severe gusts possible especially near south and southeastern coasts. Highest temperatures of 7 to 10C but feeling cold in the wind and rain.


OUTLOOK: Very changeable into next week, and cold, especially early on. TOMORROW NIGHT: A cold night with some scattered wintry showers pushing in across the western half of the country. A light dusting of snow locally, though most of any lying snowfall should be confined to higher ground. Showers further east will be isolated. Some frost and ice, especially for sheltered areas. Lowest temperatures -1 to +1 degrees Celsius, in moderate southwest breezes. MONDAY: A cold day with some further wintry showers of rain, hail, sleet and snow. Most of the wintry showers will occur across the western half of the country, with the risk of thunder too. Snowfall will mostly occur on higher elevations, but a light dusting of snow is possible on some lower levels here, especially to begin and end the day. Showers mainly falling as rain further east, and more scattered for these parts too, with some bright or sunny spells. Highest temperatures of 4 to 7 degrees Celsius (coldest in the west), in light to moderate westerly breezes. TUESDAY: A cold windy day with an added wind chill effect. Once again scattered wintry showers will move down across the country. This time most of the wintry showers will occur across the north and east to begin, when there may be some falls of sleet and snow. Showers mainly of rain as of late morning, with more in the way of drier brighter weather developing everywhere. Highest temperatures 6 to 9 degrees Celsius; strong westerly winds will ease through the day. WEDNESDAY: Wet and windy through the day, with rain turning to wet snow at times, especially to begin. Rain will tend to clear from the south later. Highest temperatures 6 to 9 degrees Celsius, in fresh to strong westerly winds.

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Coastal Reports

Malin Head Automatic

Southwest, 9 Knots, Recent drizzle, 10 Miles, 999, Rising slowly

Dublin Airport

West, 7 Knots, Cloudy, 10 Miles, 1001, Rising slowly

Buoy M5 51° 41'N 6° 42'W

Southwest, 18 Knots, Wave ht: 3.9 m, The visibility at Tuskar is 6 Miles, 1003, Falling slowly

Roches Point Automatic

Southwest, 14 Knots, Rain shower, 2 Miles, 1003, Steady

Sherkin Island Automatic

West, 15 Knots, Cloudy, 8 Miles, 1004, Rising slowly

Valentia Automatic

West, 10 Knots, Cloudy, 9 Miles, 1004, Rising slowly

Mace Head Automatic

West, 12 Knots, Gust 24 Knots, Cloudy, 5 Miles, 1002, Steady

Belmullet Automatic

Southwest, 8 Knots, Gust 23 Knots, Recent rain, 4 Miles, 1000, Steady

Buoy M2 53° 29'N, 5° 26'W

Northwest, 3 Knots, Wave ht: 2 m, 1002, Rising slowly

Buoy M3 51° 13'N, 10° 33'W

Report not available

Buoy M4 55° 0'N 10° 0'W

West, 17 Knots, Wave height not available, 999, Steady

Buoy M6 53° 4'N 15° 56'W

Southwest, 23 Knots, Wave ht: 4.1 m, 998, Falling

Sea Area Forecast

Sea Area Forecast untill 1200 Sunday 26 February 2017 Issued at 1200 Saturday 25 February 2017

Meteorological Situation at 0900: Frontal troughs are slow moving across Ireland as a weak ridge develops from the Atlantic. A southwesterly airflow extends over the country.

Forecast for Irish coastal waters from Fair Head to Carnsore Point to Valentia and the Irish Sea

Wind: Southwest force 5 to 7, veering westerly force 4 to 5 by early tonight, backing south to southwest and increasing force 6 to gale force 8 tomorrow morning.

Weather: Rain or showers

Visibility: Moderate to poor at times

Forecast for Irish coastal waters from Valentia to Erris Head to Fair Head

Wind: West force 4 to 5, backing south to southwest overnight and increasing force 6 to gale force 8, veering westerly force 4 to 6 tomorrow morning.

Weather: Rain or showers

Visibility: Moderate to poor at times

Outlook for a further 24 hours until 1200 Monday 27 February 2017: Fresh to strong westerly winds on Sunday night will moderate during Monday.

Weather Warnings

National Warning

Southerly winds veering southwesterly will reach gust speeds of 110 to 120km/hr along southern and southeastern coastal counties from early tomorrow Sunday until early afternoon.

Gale Warning

1. South to southwest winds will occasionally reach gale force 8 on Irish coastal waters from Mizen Head to Slyne Head to Malin Head overnight. \n2. South to southwest winds will reach gale force 8 to strong gale force 9 tomorrow morning and afternoon on all Irish coastal waters and on the Irish Sea, strongest in the south and southeast and on the Irish Sea.

Small Craft Warning

South to southwest winds will reach force 6 or 7 and gusty at times overnight on Irish coasts from Malin Head to Carnsore Point to Mizen Head.